Autism's Hidden History


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Welcome to Autism’s Hidden History, a website devoted to educating the public about the various pharmaceutical exposures at the heart of today’s catastrophic explosions of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders like ADD, bipolar disorder, OCD, learning disorders, Aspergers, and sensory processing disorder.

It is popular to understand the new horde of developmentally disabled children as the result of better diagnosis.  Not only is this incorrect, it fails to appreciate that the majority of children suffering today’s forms of impaired neurological development represent a whole new class of disabilities that could not have existed prior to about the second half of the 20th century.  Yes, there have always been people with intellectual impairments, due to genetic defects or pre- or perinatal complications, but today’s hundreds of thousands with autism simply did not exist before. 

They couldn’t have, because before the mid-century we did not have synthetic steroid hormones, barbiturates, morning sickness medications, antidepressants, mercury-based medications, fertility drugs, anticonvulsants, and other pharmaceutical compounds used in pregnancy whose unnatural molecular actions precipitate the epigenetic and/or neurological damage that results in autism.

As for post-natal exposures such as vaccines, it’s likely that a small group of young children have a vulnerability to immunizations, but research does not support the concept that vaccines are behind the large increases in autism rates.  Further, research demonstrates that most autism starts in early fetal development, and not post-natally, even if the symptoms don’t seem to appear until the second year of life.

A Quiet, Transgenerational, Mass Poisoning

Beginning in the first half of the twentieth century, pharmaceutical companies began manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of compounds that had never, over the course of millions of years of evolution, been part of human biology.  These drugs were often welcomed as modern miracles, and few questioned their safety.  They were given as pills, creams, injections, and powders at a time when (1) epigenetic impacts of pharmaceuticals had never been conceived of; (2) fetal impacts of drugs had barely been considered; and (3) transgenerational impacts were not considered possible.

In a catastrophic error in presumption and judgment, and in cavalier defiance of the exigencies of evolutionary biology, the medical profession presumed for the many decades during which gestational pharmaceuticals were heavily prescribed, that the fetus would be protected from unusual exposures via an impenetrable placenta.  Worse, that the many new classes of pharmaceuticals could have an impact on developing fetal germ cells — the genetic material that programs for the succeeding generations — was never even contemplated as a possibility.

Today, we know better.  We know that abnormal exposures can lead to serious impacts on a developing fetus.  Pharmaceuticals are, by a wide margin, the heaviest abnormal exposures most of us ever experience.  We also know that these impacts can be transgenerational, in other words, that a grandmother’s use of pharmaceuticals can result, through the work of epigenetics, in developmental programming abnormalities in the grandchildren’s generation.

How does autism fit in?  Prenatal exposures cause autism in two ways: directly, through impact on the developing nervous system, and transgenerationally, via epigenetic impact on fetal germ cells.


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